Ski & Outdoor Program
Winter term at LAS is a truly magical time as the falling snow transforms Leysin into a picturesque ski village. Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from January until March students are dismissed from class and invited to grab their skis or snowboards and head to the slopes. With over 100 kilometers of ski runs, a half-pipe and snow park, as well as many cross country ski trails, the slopes of Leysin cater to all skill levels. Lessons are provided by professionally trained Swiss Ski School instructors, and LAS provides an annual ski pass that allows unlimited access to the Leysin and regional slopes. While we encourage all of our students to make the most of our unique location, if a student is not comfortable with downhill skiing, or has a malady that prevents them from participating, exceptions can be made. Otherwise, skiing is strongly encouraged as a valuable opportunity unique to our alpine location.
LAS is uniquely situated in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. The goal of LAS's Alpine Institute is to work with teachers across the curriculum to help students connect as deeply with our mountain as possible. This is done through investigations in mountain science, sports, environment, and culture. This Alpine Institute is responsible for carrying out a number of science- based initiatives and events including LETS Study Leysin, an ongoing project that allows students to examine how ecology changes from the valley to the summit of the Tour d'Aï, and Globe Day, an annual student- led science fair. The Alpine Institute also manages the Alpine club, which allows students to learn more about mountaineering, navigation, rock climbing, ski touring, camping and hiking, and assists students who are interested in pursuing the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, the world's leading youth achievement award.